Project Management: Project Definitions

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I have seen no many definitions and arguments over this subject that sometimes it amazes me why there is so much confusion and discussion over this issue and thus I thought to write about project definitions and clatter over the matter about its being temporary. Since I am PMI member and PMP certified project manager so very first thought and the definition which comes my mind is that the project is a temporary endeavour undertaken to create a new product, useful service or even modify existing product or services. As per the PMP studies the very nature of project is temporary and it says that every project has a definite beginning and the end also. The target or end itself is reached when the project’s intentions as well as objectives are…show more content…
At the same time temporary also does not typically apply to the product, its service, or result created by the project at the end as the project are temporary but most projects are carried out to make & create a long lasting results. For example a mall or dam is constructed to have a long lasting effect. “Projects can also have social, economical as well as environmental impacts that far outlive the projects themselves.”(PMBoK, 2013:…show more content…
It is undertaken using novel processes: no project before or after will use exactly the same approach. It is transient: it has a beginning and an end.”(Turner & Muller, 2003: 1) Going on further Turner (2003) further says that viewing project as temporary endeavour or organisation introduces many other elements of project management such as “The conflict of interest between the various stakeholders; the role of the manager (agent), and of the broker and steward; the need to put in place information and communication systems to monitor delivery of the project, to monitor achievement of the owner’s objectives, and to avoid self-interest and opportunism by the project’s participants, especially the agent.” (Turner, 2003:
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